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we've seen you or your media drug free media done to our teeth dot com. coming up on our t.v. it's the one year anniversary of president obama's reelection it's been marked with political scandals and some success so how does his second term stack up so far we'll break it down and you don't know get mo from soldiers love lives to mcdonald's breaks life or detainees is tough but for the men and women who work there it's a different story marty has gained exclusive access to the facility we'll show you a sign you've never seen before and in new mexico a man claims he was subjected to hours worth of x. rays anal searches and even a colon os could be by police to find drugs only there weren't any well stick with the man's attorney later in the show.
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it's wednesday november sixth five pm in washington d.c. i'm megan lopez and you were watching r t well today is the one year anniversary of the day that americans went to the polls and chose to give president obama a second term to follow through on his vision for the country now a lot has happened in the three hundred sixty five days since the president was reelected the i.r.s. benghazi and n.s.a. scandals have erupted deportations of minors and non-criminals have gone down the economy is recovering gay rights are slowly but surely becoming american rights and much more are to correspondent liz wahl takes a look at some of the successes and failures of president obama's second term president obama has won reelection that was one year ago president obama really liked it despite high unemployment and a weak a condom. his campaign hammered home what he did manage to achieve osama
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bin ladin dead in general motors is alive obama highlighted his ability to pass historic health care reform known as obamacare his supporters sada's a promise fulfilled if you like your plan you can keep your plan if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor but here we are one year later president obama's approval rating is falling according to the most recent gallup poll his approval rating is at thirty nine percent that's the lowest it's been since two thousand and eleven it's been a rocky year the launch of the health care reform website has been plagued with glitches it's opened up a firestorm of controversy over the laws implementation and whether or not it will really improve health care for most americans we are doing everything we can possibly do. to get the websites working better faster sooner the debate over
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health care is almost as divisive as the climate in congress a far cry from this outlook president obama portrayed in his reelection acceptance speech and in the coming weeks and months i am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together but working together has proven difficult sometimes impossible this congress is criticized as one of the most unproductive in the nation's history the inability to agree on almost anything with lawmakers failing to compromise on a spending bill led to the historic government shutdown for three weeks. delayed. day and today when it comes to transparency unprecedented questions over government spying they come after leaked information from former n.s.a. contractor edward snowden reveals a mass government surveillance program the revelations put the administration under
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the critical eye of americans and political leaders abroad are all signs that a year later much more needs to be done over the next three years in order for expectations set on this day. in the way that this is all the way to be fulfilled in washington liz wall r.t. . and joining me now to talk more in depth about what president obama's accomplishments and failures have been during the past year the ever spoken out to breaking the set team joins me now host abby martin and producer manwell iraq allow thank you guys so much for joining me here in oz so let's start off with getting your overall opinion of how he did this last year new guys have a great in mind abby f. not straightforward and mannish a for effort for just to. say you're fired you. know is there any in present of the. i would actually have given a higher rating to yeah i think presidents i mean overall they're just managers of
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you know operators of the empire so you can't really give them that much credit for what they do because they're just basically managing the system i mean yeah there have been president in the past who have done you know overtures for a good like nixon created the e.p.a. you know carter did some good things so if you look over the story context there are definitely some things that stand out that we're trying to do other things because of our president has as has his challenges i think it's it's difficult to kind of compare one versus the other and try to give a grade one but i would have to be i mean you can look at any presidency and see the progressive policies that they have the things that they did right nixon for example you mentioned the e.p.a. and several other progressive policies but at the end of the day he was a. maniac the you know was paranoid about everything and on top of those races so. great can you really give the you have the ones sure now let's take a quick look at some of the president's shortcomings in the first year in a second term he promised to increase manufacturing jobs by one million in four
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years now in order to do that we need to have twenty one thousand jobs per month to meet that mark we are falling way short of that market right now anyway obviously the rollout of the affordable care act was disastrous and capital here hill hearings taking place today and have that have been taking place recently are enough to kind of demonstrate that the uncovering of the n.s.a. as you guys mentioned is something we've been covering here a lot on our t.v. obviously that isn't only damaging the president's reputation at home it's also damaging them are broad and then there's the i.r.s. scandal revelations about the benghazi attack and lack of preparedness there and the failure to get the farm bill renewed no those are just a few of some of the failures that we were able to find abbi what are some of the others that you know of where do i start let's start with the end of the law the complete evisceration of due process and the rule of law that goes back to the magna carta i mean we're talking about something that you can definitely attain american citizens without the right to trial sign it into law. we got ramped up bush's knees they fifty two drone strikes and we have the drone campaign said in
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his high throne killing thousands of civilians ramped up the use of these killer robots abroad failed to close gitmo you can blame republicans all you want but he can close it tomorrow if he wants to there is a provision in the n.d.a. that allows him to release these detainees to their respective countries just failing to seize on the super majority in congress failing to get that public option escalating the afghanistan war with the failed troop surge trying to stay in iraq people actually give him credit for leaving iraq he tried to stay there past the timetable and is a spineless zero accountability war on whistleblowers and charging a people with the espionage act world war one piece of spying legislation. many good i can't even add to that. completely agree with you i think that's a start i think it's kind of a roni is to you know at this point on in the second term say oh he had a really tough handover yes he did back in two thousand and nine we had the financial collapse seven trillion dollars is how much that housing bubble cost us
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american homeowners just in home equity seven trillion dollars how much you know that sparked the recession that sparked that almost caused the entire collapse of the u.s. economy yes that was bad but what is he really done to fix this one economy alone i think that it's been an abysmal failure i think that when you look right now have twenty percent of americans are still underwater when it comes to their mortgages i think that you know the rate of foreclosures is still really high and that in itself is causing a depreciation in home values as well so i think in all this is linked to jobs as well so i think that on the whole like not only on civil liberties and on the war front but on the economy as well it's been overall bad and i think that this latest poll by by gallup this week that shows his approval rating dropping below forty percent is a perfect example of that and if you're looking for a great let the american people speak for themselves it's below fifty percent pretty bad well let's go ahead and talk about some of the accomplishments that he has achieved in this last year since the re-election just to give him some equal time so first of all jake. how did yesterday the president succeeded in raising
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taxes on the wealthy during the fiscal cliff negotiations obviously they weren't as high as he had wanted but there was some compromise and those taxes were in fact raised he helped usher in a new era and gay rights across the country with coming out and being the first president who was in office to support that he's begun implementing parts of the dream act to help young illegal immigrants become legal citizens we have a new chemical weapons treaty with syria an agreement anyway we are on our way to cutting net oil imports by half in two thousand and twenty we've already reduced them by forty two percent since two thousand and eight so that's obviously a step forward in terms of deficit reduction his goal was to reduce the deficit by four trillion dollars in twelve years and we are arguably on our way to that and he is in the process of rebuilding relations with iran just fine beginning those first tops the talks in a very long few decades of silence between the two countries so abby let's start with you is there anything that you have to say positively about the president
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versus some of his previous failures that you mentioned you know i think as you just said there have been a lot of symbolic gestures of course coming out for gay marriage is huge however i'm not going to really be happy until i see a federal law legalizing gay marriage i mean and we saw dick cheney come out during the bush administration saying that he supported gay marriage so that's it's symbolic and it's huge and doma was huge too and i don't want to you know there are some great things that are going on but of course bush had successes too when it came to africa he was good on africa relations and aids so you know i don't dwell on going to these minuscule symbolic reforms i focus on the overarching policies that are really continuing the destruction of this country the planet syria i would call anything but a success congress and putin basically forced his hand in that and all i saw was just fear mongering rhetoric about that iran great we're starting to listen to the iran fantastic but the syria thing i mean let's start with. diminishing our nuclear arsenal in our chemical weapons arsenal and then we can start really having some standing in that portion of the world nannie. where do we go from here obviously he's going to be in the white house for three more years what do you want to see
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happen will i want to see an end to this this political circus i think that what we've been seeing for the last three years and two thousand and ten you have that bipartisan commission was going to slash the deficit by by four trillion dollars over the course of a decade you mention this is a potential accomplishment i see this is as an utter failure ever since ever since then and only two thousand and eleven and i think republicans have their fair share of the blame yes of course but it's been a horrible job that president obama's done trying to bridge this bipartisan gap in congress he squandered his opportunity to do so by having a super majority when he took office and i think that what we really need to see right now changes is to have the sort of bridge building between the two houses of congress that really the only option and it's going to succeed thank you guys so much for weighing in and bringing us some of the successes and failures breaking the set host abby martin producer many rappel oh thank you so much and it's made in well one of the major second term promises president obama reiterated this year was his commitment to close guantanamo bay detention facility for good and in order to
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do that the obama administration must figure out what to do with the one hundred sixty four detainees that are currently living there some will need to be released others transferred and some prosecuted a bill to begin those transfers could hit the floor of the senate as soon as november eighteenth but it has a very rocky road ahead of it and still life in the camp continues but it's not bad for everyone soldiers working in guantanamo bay have love lives eat at mcdonald's and have all you can eat buffets they also get to work out at a state of the art recreation facilities or to correspondent on a stasia chargin to takes a closer look at some things that you might not know about the detention facility despite misconceptions give no it's not just a geo to be or not to shop it's also a forty five square mile military base with no plans of going anywhere. full of signs of a stablished american life it is
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a navy base and we just happened to have the camps in here home to the only mcdonalds on cuban soil a subway sandwich shop a starbucks and a taco bell you got the best financial interest there you go to starbucks and. all of these other places. just tickle support for the troops. there are about five and a half thousand people living and working on the base roughly half serve the actual detention center the u.s. government has been leasing this territory since one thousand nine hundred three for just over forty five hundred dollars curiously that is still the price today but it's said that the cuban government has been refusing to accept this money for decades the castro government said you know we don't want this lease anymore in the united states' position was that it's a binding lease and in the lease it actually says that it can't be broken unless both sides both countries agree to that that strikes me as a very odd contract so foreign territory that the u.s. has occupied against cuba's wishes since one thousand nine hundred most officers
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come here for short term of up to nine months or longer deployment of two to three years far from home life isn't put on hold. and certainly have if it's away from your. rank system then you're allowed to you know there's the downtown and open air movie theater playing all the hottest hollywood blockbusters and it ticky bar to let loose after a hard day's work even though most schedules aren't that intense anyway we actually get quite a bit of time off. activity. and w.r. stands for morale welfare and recreation. almost every sport known to man is available to get well on state of the art facilities i love it a lot of people think there's not much to do but there's definitely an abundant to do. being in a remote location doesn't even have to affect eating habits and all you can eat lunch just under five bucks and breakfast is half price
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a downside though information. a lot of the t.v. programs broadcasting here are army focused. and internet is almost nonexistent the base dubbed new stream a stand by some soldiers even so we're told those serving here are banned from looking at websites like wiki leaks for example once classified always classified. even if the information has long been made public there are other strict regulations in place to fun fact about guantanamo apparently a life of an. little more than a life of a detainee if you run one of these babies over the fine is ten thousand dollars. there's a very strict speed limit in guantanamo and it's a very slow speed limit and people say that that's that's all about the quantas somewhat ironic at a place marred by human rights scandals officials make a point of showing journalists how well prisoners two are kept and thirteen here
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we're now going to recall so for a compliant detainee at guantanamo they would be allowed to have. these here are some head and shoulders who the less compliant ones have to wear the orange uniforms and get only two books at a time i was going to the other side so you can see the books detainees can't come in here but the prisoner library lovingly displays the best of their art for t.v. crews to see a lot of pre-selected books to avoid certain topics violence sexual and religious stuff controversy shelves packed with magazines d.v.d.'s and video games plenty of ways for legit prisoners of war to pass the indefinite time they're kept here without charges. r t one ton of moby cuba for more of an in-depth coverage on guantanamo bay it's a day i've gone to our to correspond it's honest and amir and david joining me now on a saucy i want to start with you what was it like as
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a journalist to go in there and to cover guantanamo bay do you think you actually got a realistic look at what it is like there day day to. well ladies i mean certainly it was very fascinating but curiously even though we had these twelve hour tours every single day visiting detention camps visiting kitchens libraries you name it the curious fact was that at the end of each day we would turn to ourselves and say this just can't be it i mean we have to see more we have to see the detainees we have to see their actual lives and that was unfortunately something we did not get enough of because of this really cover up surrounding the cells even where the detainees are i mean you saw in that report that short good through the dark window that we saw of the detainee and that was pretty much the extent of it and that was one of the things we discovered only when we got there because we figured we would have a little more access than not what's the takeaway lesson for this experience for
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you know. i would say question rule or you know this was really a great example. you know slogan but really in this particular case i would say definitely question more because out of the all of the things we were shown we did just kind of have to look through the actual information and facts because there were a lot of the things that officials told us we knew didn't have much basis behind it did not have much to do with the facts and overall you know they did try to present the whole police as just this great deal that's just you know a dream to be if you're a prisoner and certainly we know that's not the case and i'm here i want to bring you into this conversation as i understand it you recently came in contact with the former i guess most detainee there what was it like talking to somebody who has been there and not only heard about it but experienced it well he does have a very interesting story his name is david hicks and he's not your prototypical detainee at least what i would think of when i think of the get the detainee he's
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not yemeni or rocky or afghans actually a caucasian man from australia definitely did gave him some very interesting perspective he was actually captured back in two thousand and one by the u.s. taken to guantanamo in early two thousand and two and was really there for about five years not being charged of course he was charged thereafter but he experienced what he calls torture sleep deprivation medical experimentation so this is. when i spoke to him that i found to be very troubled by his past by his experiences and he even said recently that he still suffers from nightmares and how did you can contact with the sky how did you find him well interestingly it doesn't always happen this way we're not always lucky enough but david did reach out to us and said that he frequently watched our get coverage of course we've been doing a lot on this issue and i think you really just wanted to share his story with the american people really looking to clear his name as a convicted terrorist and let's take a look at that story. he was once known as the australian taliban david hicks the
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first man to be convicted of war crimes at guantanamo bay and after being detained for five and a half years hicks is now asking an appeals court to overturn that conviction arguing that his guilty plea was unknowing unintelligent and involuntary and part of a desperate attempt to secure his release hicks was captured in afghanistan for his alleged involvement with al-qaeda in late two thousand and one soon after he was turned over to the us and taken to guantanamo in the facilities first batch of prisoners there he says he faced day after day of inhumane treatment was self and everyone else was tortured on our on a daily basis or minutes from. typical physical beatings all right injured so it's a logical ploys. there was medical experimentation and it was that medical experimentation that would give hits the most harrowing memories we were forced to
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take injections or heroes. what those were did not tell us or the reasons i would constantly china. especially as far as the peer was the sort of the pure the color of the pupils. if you're a genius through the injections of the pills they would send in what they called the yes james like a ross lord. is equally. excited as medication the former detainees claims are now at goaded a new study out this week that shows military doctors had designed and participated in cruel inhumane and degrading treatment of detainees these conditions finally pushed hicks to take a plea deal in two thousand and seven on the charge of providing material support for terrorism it was called an alford plea which meant he acknowledged the evidence but did not make any admissions however hicks still knew there would be
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implications it wasn't an easy decision because i had the think about the ramifications of doing one or you know it was or the first point isn't supposed to do so just so you don't do any crime little and something as serious as terrorism i don't need it the lid is destroyed the media would never let me forget that the charge of providing material support for terrorism was created by congress in two thousand and six five years after hicks was captured in afghanistan and now his lawyers are seeking dismissal of that conviction saying it wasn't a war crime at the time he was detained there relying on a recent us federal appeals court decision that overturned the conviction of saline hummed on the former driver above some of bin ladin who was charged with the same crime the court ruled that one don could not be charged retroactively and now twelve years after his detainment david hicks will seek the same outcome at the very least he'll get the chance to explain his plea in court and perhaps even prove
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his innocence in washington and mary david r t well on now to an extremely disturbing case of alleged police overreach that is gaining national attention in january new mexico police officers pulled over david eckert for a routine traffic stop when he failed to yield to a stop sign in a wal-mart parking lot according to a lawsuit filed by acker attorney the officer is then asked him to get out of the car which comply. with however the way that he was standing seemed suspicious to officers because he appeared to be clenching his box police said they believed that he was hiding drugs inside of himself he was apparently standing so suspiciously that he was then taken to the hospital k.o.b. t.v. conducted a special investigation of what happened that night and this is what they discovered . according to court records and medical charts for. x. rayed eckert then penetrated his rectum with their fingers then performed another
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exam with their fingers doctors then gave three enemas and forced him to defeat in front of them while they've searched a stool all of these things without consent all of them. nothing but it didn't stop there doctors performed a second x. ray then the sedated and prepared him for surgery and performed a call and ask. now perhaps the most disturbing part of this story if it could get more disturbing is that doctors came up empty handed no drugs were ultimately discovered now david eckert is suing the deming police department he claims the police took him to two hospitals the first one refused to perform an aerial cavity search because dr said that the practices without consent was in an ethical practice the second one complied police state of tain
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a warrant allowing all of these procedures to happen at this point police have refused to comment here and to tell us more about the lawsuit coming up will be david efforts attorney joseph kennedy however just thinking about this case obviously in all the steps that this man went through is disturbing and i know something that's probably on your mind that was definitely on my mind is has this happened before now according to that same television station k.o.b. t.v. it has in fact happened before to one other man who came out after the report was in fact released and he said that it happened to him as well and get this it happened with the same canine unit that came up before in these searches so obviously the question should be is there something wrong with this dog is there something that has this dog misidentifying these these are narcotics that don't exist and we're going to have to obviously update you as this story develops. now
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yesterday's elections across the country resulted in a few clear victories and many more questions for how many midterm elections could play out in twenty fourteen how it could play out that is let's take a quick look at the results from last night new jersey governor chris christie won a second term in a second term in a landslide victory already rumors are spreading about him being a presidential contender for twenty sixteen in virginia democrat terry mcauliffe narrowly defeated tea party republican ken cuccinelli to become governor a lacked this race was much closer than analysts thought it would be and that is because of obamacare is a disastrous rollout something that mcauliffe played a part in and something that ken cuccinelli himself actually was the first attorney general to to sue the obama administration for whoever that was later dismissed now libertarian candidate rob sarvis missed his goal of reaching ten percent that would
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have put him on the ballot or libertarians anyway on the ballot through two thousand and twenty one that's what he was hoping for that ten percent however he did fall short of winning six point six percent instead so it is back to the drawing board for libertarians in that state now in new york phil de blasio blew his republican contender joseph lhota out of the water by taking over a seventy three percent of the vote in miami beach philip declared himself the new mayor last night though an official recount is likely to happen since this race was so close with opponent michael gora comedian and rapper steve burke who perry and boring who's a correspondent here reported on hold at about twelve percent detroit elected its first white mayor since one thousand nine hundred seventy four former detroit medical center chief mike dubin he must face the milot the city's that twenty billion dollars bankruptcy problems but he will not do that on his own and most of
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the power for the student is still in. hands of the city's emergency financial chief so we'll have to see how all of that plays out in the future with all of these upcoming new people now in colorado initiative to tax recreational marijuana is at a twenty five percent and that was actually passed the funds will go to schools and towards regulation also five of eleven roll counties in the mile high city that had the right to vote to secede from the state did in fact passed that whoever the likelihood of that becoming a reality is zilch as it needs to go through congress and they need to approve it first finally in washington state voters took you from their california neighbors to the south and struck down a ballot measure that would require the labeling of genetically modified foods so if you were living in that state you won't know what's really in your food and the time soon but that's going to do it for now for more on the stories we covered go
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